Keosha Boyd

Keosha Boyd graduated from the University of Memphis. Prior to working at Impact, she served as an AmeriCorps member in City Year, where she helped her students improve their academics and general behavior.

 

What is your proudest accomplishment? 

My proudest accomplishment is being able to learn new skills throughout my life and teach others the same knowledge I have on certain things. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to skate and have deep talks.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song? 

“I’m dying so I can live” – Kodak Black

Moriah Muhammad

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2019 Moriah Muhammad graduated from Rhodes College with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Anthropology and Sociology. As an undergraduate, Moriah was a member of the Rhodes College Women’s basketball team, the Black Student Association, and The Kinney Service Program. She studied abroad in South Africa in the summer of 2018. After serving with Impact America, Moriah plans to become a dentist and eventually open a mobile dental clinic to bring people in underserved communities in Memphis access to free dental care. 

 

What was your most meaningful experience or extracirricular activity in undergrad and why?

The most memorable trip I’ve been on was to South Africa.The music, the food, and hospitality in Johannesburg and the township of Soweto were unmatched. The people of Soweto were so hospitable and willing to share their struggles and culture. Their spirits were strong and it was apparent that many of them were still dealing with the effects of the Apartheid but it was inspiring to see how much they valued community and wanted to reinvigorate their community and culture.

 

What is your favorite quote?

“We are all gifted, but we have to discover the gift, uncover the gift, nurture and develop the gift and use it for the Glory of God and the liberation of our people from struggle.” 

 

What’s something you like to do for fun?

For fun I like to bake and binge watch tv shows. When I am feeling more energetic I like to go on adventures and discover new places to enjoy nature.

 

Sydney Joseph

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Sydney Joseph graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga majoring in Pre-Professional Biology. While at UT Chattanooga she joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and was deeply involved in College Knowledge, Now where she addressed the importance of post-secondary education to elementary students around Hamilton County. Her plans for life after serving with Impact America involves going to dental school and aspirations to open her own dental practice in Memphis, TN. Sydney is thrilled to spend a year serving with Impact America while gaining new experiences.

 

What’s something most people don’t know about me?

That my heart lives for service. It all started from being raised in a church where I was involved in the drama ministry to the children’s ministry and more. Leaving Memphis heading off to college, I began to mentor elementary children in the Chattanooga area and found myself serving just as strong for the Hamilton County community focusing on addressing the importance of education. Now, I have returned back to Memphis ready to dig deeper into the city and address other needs to help serve. 

 

What do I like to do for fun?

I love going to amusement parks and riding the most thrilling rides at the park. I have plans to go to Cedar Point because I hear great things about their rides and look forward to making the trip to Ohio soon. 

 

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

My most favorite quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr. and it states, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Jack Barganier

Jack Barganier graduated summa cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South with a major in art history. During his years at Sewanee, he served as a captain of the varsity cross country and track teams, a musician for church services at All Saints’ Chapel, and a student leader with the Sewanee Outing Program. Next year he plans to go back to school for a degree in architecture.

What was your most meaningful experience or extracurricular activity in undergrad and why?

My most meaningful experience in undergrad was a canoeing trip on the Rio Grande River along the U.S.-Mexico border in Big Bend National Park.  We spent a week completely isolated from the rest of the world, paddling all day long through the oasis of the Rio Grande amid a vast and dry desert. I developed more confidence in myself, and I formed lasting friendships that have been so important to helping me to define my sense of community and to discover my place in it.

Who is someone you admire and why?

I truly admire my former cross country and track head coach, Jeff Heitzenrater. More than just a coach, Coach Heitz, as we called him, was a compassionate and empathetic leader and friend page. He was never afraid to express how he felt–often that meant crying in front of the whole team over the imminent departure of the seniors at the end-of-the-year party. For me, as a man living in a world where men are often told not to have feelings–or at least not to show them–it meant a lot to see how open Coach Heitz was with his emotions. And this sensitivity of his always seemed to guide him towards, or least go hand-in-hand with, a deep appreciation and respect for every athlete and every person he came into contact with.

Andres Dueñas

Andres Dueñas, born in Caracas, Venezuela with roots originating from Colombia, has called the United States his home since the age of five. As a firm believer that one’s health starts with nutrition, he achieved a B.S mannligapotek.com. in Marketing with a minor in Food Science (emphasis in Nutrition) from Clemson University. Additionally, he spent three years as an undergraduate interning under two Registered Dietitians, gaining valuable insight into the everyday practices of emerging Americans. However, this insight is not limited to the United States as he spent a semester studying in Barcelona, Spain where he studied global marketing practices. After his time with Impact America, he hopes to further his education in order to attain a certification as a Wellness Coach via the Registered Dietetics track.

 

What is my biggest strength?

Adaptability. I enjoy immersing myself into new “worlds” that require various degrees of discomfort in pursuit of full understanding, especially towards the intermediate stages of mastery.

What do I like to do for fun?

While enjoying various activities, I generally entertain myself with music production, reading health-related articles, and weightlifting.

Who is someone you admire and why?

My father. Being born in the slums of the impoverished country that is Colombia, he managed to pay his way through one of the top universities in Colombia, graduating top of his class, and eventually retiring from a Fortune 100 company as the Presidente (i.e. General Manager) for the Andean region of South America. He is an all around inspiration.

 

Brent Palmer

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Brent Palmer is a proud recent graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He ended his time at the university this Summer with a BS in Communication Studies, specializing in Intercultural Communication. Brent was an active participant in the Communication Career Council, The Herpetology Club, River Region Evening Edition, Alt. News and student government as a Senator at Large page. After serving with Impact America, Brent plans to go to graduate school for either Public Administration or Anthropology to better learn how to serve the public good.

 

Name and describe a memorable place you have been.

Barcelona! I loved just traveling down the old cobblestone streets, learning about ancient European history while consuming papas fritas or pan con tomate. The views and culture of the city is all about pushing change and creating something new, which is what I am all about!

What do you like to do for fun?

I love biking and communing with the natural world. I love watching movies and TV, so you can usually catch me watching a documentary or a good Sci-Fi/Comedy show on Netflix. I also love taking care of my 4 geckos and my house plants!

Who is someone you admire and why?

I really admire Marquita Bradshaw. She has always been very involved with environmental justice within our city of Memphis, and I would very much like to do the same. I also respect her run to be a senator as well!

 

Ashia Hardaway

Ashia Hardaway is a graduate from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. Ashia was born and raised in Memphis, TN and intends to commit her adulthood to local nonprofits and mentoring for young adults. For fun, she enjoys attending concerts. Ashia specializes in marketing and public relations. After serving with Impact, Ashia plans to continue to mentor and become an educator in the Memphis community. 

 

What was your most meaningful experience or extracirricular activity in undergrad and why?

In undergrad my most meaningful experience was working with my group completing our capstone. It allowed me to work with my peers for one last time while doing work in our field.

Who is someone you admire and why?

I admire my mom because she is a determined hardworking woman who never gives up.

What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that I want to eventually be a college professor.

 

Dekarius Dawson

Dekarius Dawson was born and raised in Memphis,Tennessee where he graduated from the Memphis Central High School in 2016 and later graduating with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in the fall of 2019. During his undergraduate degree he was very into music and his school having placed in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition 2 years in a row. He also served as the Songleader for his beloved fraternity of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity during his undergraduate career. After his service year with Impact, he plans on furthering his education in hopes of one day becoming a superintendent.

Alexicia Campbell

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Alexicia Campbell is a Dean’s list scholar who graduated from Union University in 2019, where she majored in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Alexicia received the Servant Leadership award for her passionate work and dedication at Hands Up Preschool. After serving with Impact America, she hopes to continue serving in the Memphis community while pursuing graduate school.

What do you like to do for fun? I love riding horses and productive outlets of expression such as painting, writing, singing and exercising.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song? “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

Who is someone you admire and why? I admire and appreciate my mother because she showed me the depth of a woman’s strength and perseverance by raising, providing and showing unconditional love to me and my siblings.

April Golatt

April Golatt, a native Memphian, obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a major in International Studies-Development and a minor in Spanish. She then obtained a Master’s degree from Murray State University with a major in Economic Development. She had the opportunity to travel to Spain and New Zealand during her studies.

 

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to travel and eat different cultural foods (vegetarian foods only). I love watching Animal Planet (River Monsters or anything with Jeremy Wade) and I love to play with my daughters when my knees let me.

 

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

I went to the Dominican Republic and had the opportunity to have a sweet Haitian lady do my hair.